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John Flatley Challenge honors nonprofit XenoTherapeutics, startup Datanomix


NASHUA — The winners of the 2016 Flatley Challenge both aim to solve complex problems.

XenoTherapeutics, which took first place in the new biotech category, is a nonprofit focused on the science of transplanting tissues and organs of dissimilar species.

After receiving direction and positive feedback from the FDA, XenoTherapeutics is on track to complete its first human clinical trial this year, according to the John Flatley Co.

“Winning the Flatley Challenge literally means the world to me and my team at XenoTherapeutics,” said Paul Holzer, president and CEO of Boston-based XenoTherapeutics Inc., in a statement. “We were finalists in the MassChallenge; we were finalists in HubWeek; but to end our first year as the winner of such a prestigious prize recognizes the refinement and maturity of our organization.

Datanomix, which took first place in the high-tech category, is a startup working to solve major cloud infrastructure challenges for enterprise companies. The company has deep roots in Nashua and former experience working for DataGravity and EqualLogic (acquired by Dell), both long-standing tenants of the Nashua Technology Park.

“Nashua has always been a bastion for innovative companies and has a strong pool of high tech talent continuing that trend,” Datanomix founder and Chief Technical Officer Greg McHale said. “John Flatley and his team recognize this, and have built a first class campus and supportive ecosystem that is perfect for emerging companies.”

Both companies will receive one year of free office rent at Gateway Hills and a $10,000 prize from the John Flatley Co.

Two runners-up will also receive free office space at Gateway Hills; Forcivity, a cloud-based data reporting and access platform startup, won second place in the high-tech category. Therapeutic Innovations, a health-care engineering startup developing cost-effective pediatric care devices for the developing world, won second place in the biotech category.

For more information about the Flatley Challenge, visit gateway-hills.com/flatley-challenge/.